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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Dog Days Spider Fest #2

I know it's deep into the dog days of summer when I've stopped counting the number of bug bites on my ankles and arms, because there are so many of them. I'm one of those people whose body chemistry is a magnet for bloodsuckers of all sorts. So I appreciate help in reducing the number of potential biters from any quarter. This is a huge (about 3/4") Phidippus audax female found lounging on the trunk of the prostanthera tree. These Bold Jumping Spiders are usually lively, actively hunting prey and defending themselves from marauding photographers. This one just sidled slowly around the trunk as I approached, and by her girth not only looks to have had her share of prey already, but may be ready to lay eggs.

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